Pullman Brown Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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5/5 rDev +25.6%
Contrary to most BAs, who shy away from giving Perfect Scores to the beers they review here, this offering from Flossmoor Station is Perfection in a bottle. I have shied away from Flossmoor Station only because 22 ounce bombers are harder to put away (drink solo) than a 12 ounce brew. But I was in good company on Easter Weekend in Chicagoland -- brother in law and nephew, both former Macro drinkers, now Craft Beer enthusiasts, who I gladly converted. So when my brother in law pulled this beauty from his fridge to present to me as a gift, I said let's split it three ways and wow, what a magical experience that was. We sipped, smelled, let sit, then smelled, sipped and did that over and over again. The taste of dark, unsweetened coffee, like espresso, hit our palates, a silky smoothie, pure decadence are just some words to describe the one-hour of beer bliss. I can see why my nephew "dreams" about this beer. It is heavenly. I have a bottle in my beer fridge but will wait for the perfect occasion to enjoy.
04-15-2009 04:24:30 | More by cadizkyguy
4.8/5 rDev +20.6%
22 oz bomber poured into a seidel
Appearance is a very dark brown, nearly black. A vigorous pour yielded a one-and-a-half finger frothy tan head that gradually fades and leaves spotty lacing.
One whiff of this stuff had my mouth watering. A smorgasbord of roasted malts, toasted grains, chocolate, coffee, licorice, and molasses.
Taste is a well-structured delight that starts with roasted malts, then transitions to a smooth interlude of nutty sweet notes of coffee and chocolate before finishing with a bitter sting of molasses that lingers on your tongue for a while.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right level of carbonation. This makes it a thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable brew and one that I shall return to time and time again.
07-09-2009 00:23:16 | More by NeutroMan
4.72/5 rDev +18.6%
Freshly tapped at my house, poured into a standard pint glass. The brew fills the glass a very dark brown color with a finger of head that settles to a small head over top with a mild carbonation in there. This brew is nice and dark, but light comes through at the top around the lip. The aroma is roast with a solid brown sugar, toasted nut and chocolate. The smells are moderate in force, but well blended and nice for the style. The flavor hits first with a solid roast that moves to a nice nutty quality, quickly transitioning to milk chocolate and finishing with a moderate pine hop that gives a light impression of coffee and a mild to moderate bite on the finish. This one hits all the notes I want in a brown. It has a robust flavor with a mild nose and awesome drinkability. Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice mild carbonation of fine bubbles. It has a nice velvety smoothness that really works well. Drinkability on this one is outstanding. Though the flavors are big, it is easily a session beer and will not be on my kegerator very long. I really like the lingering hop flavor on the finish. This one is damn good!
11-02-2007 02:06:40 | More by kmpitz2
4.65/5 rDev +16.8%
Appearance - deep, dark ruby pour, a thin mocha cover.
Aroma - dark chocolate, deep roasted grains.
Taste - good roasted malty and sweet beginning, notes of coffee alongside. Dark chocolate flavors on the swallow and holding for some length. A delicious, roasty finish, wonderfully warming despite an average abv.
Mouthfeel - medium body, uncommonly smooth (more like a Baltic porter), average carbonation.
Drinkability - fantastic session beer alone or with a hearty meal.
07-01-2008 17:31:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5 rDev +16.8%
Extra in a trade, and what a good one it was!!
Poured from bomber into Perfect Pint glass. Dark brown with a thin one finger head that quickly dissipates. Gorgeous looking beer..
As great as it looks, I only got a faint hint of aroma... mostly chocolate malt. This is not a beer of powerful aroma.
Taste is amazing. There is a roasted malt flavor up front that ends in a beautiful coffee aftertaste... there seems to be something oatmeal there too, reminds me a little bit of an oatmeal porter. I took one taste of this and immediately noted that it is one of the best brown ales I've had.
The look, taste and feel of this beer are all exceptional. It is extremely complex but consistent. It is one of the thicker brown ales I've had, which made it perfect to me. The carbonation and creamy texture of this just felt right.
I could drink one of these every night... especially in the winter!
Great beer.... Hope to get my hands on some more sometime.
09-04-2010 03:01:48 | More by Macky20
4.58/5 rDev +15.1%
appearance: way darker than expected from a brown ale, cream-colored head.
smell: very sweet, lots of molasses and toasty malt
taste: sweet, molasses, toast...pleasant bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
mouthfeel: a little thin for what I expected but good
overall: I want to put vanilla ice cream in it and make it into a float. Really wonderful as a dessert, feels like a good fall or winter beer.
04-01-2011 01:21:24 | More by dayvayen
4.55/5 rDev +14.3%
Murky dark chocolate brown with a thin burnt-orange head and very respectable lacing. Natural hazelnut and roasted almond scents mingle with heady cocoa and soft floral hop aromas -- very enticing. Deep chocolate flavors spiked with roasted hazelnuts and a lovely soft yet bitter dark coffee taste. Floral and ever-so-slightly spicy hop notes appear here and there. More cocoa flavors as it warms, with an almost cinnamon-like character peeking through, very reminiscent of nut-infused, lightly sweetened Mexican hot chocolate. It's rather close to a Dark Mild Ale in my estimation, but its nutty character definitely marks it as a Brown. Medium-light body with a soft chewiness to the mouthfeel. Super drinkable. If ever in the Chicago "Southland" area, it is certainly worth your while to seek out Flossmoor Station to pick up a growler of this stuff. It's always on tap, and it's a ridiculously drinkable session brown. In fact, I'd say it defines the last four words of that sentence.
12-24-2006 03:18:43 | More by orfeu
4.55/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours velvety dark brown with a creamy tan head.
Aroma is smokey charred dark grain with an underlying dark fruit sweetness.
Taste is exactly what the nose lead me to expect. Intensely smokey dark grain overshadows the mild dark fruit sweetness. A good bit of chocolate makes an appearance. Finishes with a dry, cedar quality, and lingering dark fruit - notably plum.
Mouthfeel is medium-full. Viscous, but very smooth.
Overall a very interesting and flavorful brown ale. The intense charred dark grain grain presents a porter-like character. However the finish is sweet and woody like a brown ale.
04-27-2011 22:00:07 | More by Blakaeris
4.54/5 rDev +14.1%
(bottle purchased right from Flossmoor Station - poured into a British pint)
A: just about no head on the pour - really strange... super dark brown with garnet edges... no lace... nice color - on point - about all that can be lauded
S: dark milk chocolate with roasted almonds... no hop notes... woody, outdoorsy aromas... fair amount of espresso powder on the back end... potent and enchanting shit
T: malty as hell, moderate roasty toast and bitterness... in a nutshell, moderately bitter dark chocolate covering hazelnuts... what's great and interesting here is how there's a subtle caramel sweetness, doing a decent job poking out through the cracks in the nutshell top, eventually supplanting the roast in the aftertaste, flaring hard but never rounding out and sticking like syrup
M: flows about as thick as its 1.023 FG, however, the hard roasted notes and I suppose the alcohol, to an extent, chisel some of the flat, dumpy edges to it, so it doesn't end up a viscous drag... yeah, it has a barleywine type of constitution
O: this bottled version blew the draft version I had at the brewpub out of the water!... I got a celery/parsley green flavor in that - not here from the bottle - just nutty, bittersweet, malty loveliness... just about everything one could want and what should be in an American Brown Ale - nice work, Flossy!
08-03-2014 04:52:20 | More by Bouleboubier
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Appearance -- Pours REALLY dark; aside from some auburn hues around the edge of the glass, light does not pass through. Minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.
Smell -- Lots of molasses, caramel, roasted malt.
Taste -- Caramel, coffee, and molasses are dominant, with some char and hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel -- Thick, slick, and smooth with mild carbonation.
Drinkability -- Way more depth of flavor than you are likely to find in any other brown ale with 6% abv. I have a hard time believing I'm going to find a brown ale I'll like more than this. Outstanding!
06-09-2010 21:42:31 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours very nice, very dark for a brown but still, you know, brown. Big head, nice lacing.
Smells nice--the molasses is firm and syrupy, against toffee, butter, chocolate, and coffee.
Tastes as it smells, smooth and sweet. Big bittersweet dark chocolate starts things off, switching to thick molasses syrup, bread, cocoa muffins, and a smooth finish of roasted grain and dry hops. Very nice. Aside from Bender, this is probably the best tasting brown that I've ever had.
Damn, is all I can say. Not usually much of a fan of the style, but this is just excellent.
12-02-2009 04:29:35 | More by mynie
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Another Flossmoor treat for me this evening. I decided to open this one up with dinner and give it a try. It had been a long day and I new I was going to be d early to begin with, so this just made sense to go forward with. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 09/16/2009.
Nice pour here, looked much bigger then I would have expected from a brown ale I have to admit. Rich chocolate in color with only small touches of light peaking through giving it an almost hazelnut hue. Nice one inch head of tan foam on the top never really did fade away, instead it seemed to hang on the entire session, coating the inside of the glass thoroughly. Smooth and very sweet aroma comes up and over it almost immediately. Rich chocolate notes, lots of brown sugar and molasses and a very earthy feel to it. As I took the first sip though it is really where it started to come together quite well for me. Rich molasses And brown sugar notes coated over caramel malts and a nice chocolate base. Really quite nicely done I have to say. Great feel to it, thicker then I would have expected with carbonation that just would not quit. This was very well done I have to say. Reasonable ABV factored in and a long, smooth, silky fade of flavor that left quite a bit of a sugary note on the tongue led me to believe this was one of the most solid brown ales I have ever come across.
Overall this was damn good. I was actually more then impressed here, dare I say nearly blown away by how solid this one was. I would have no issue at all with grabbing for this one again, in fact I am looking forward to it.
09-17-2009 14:01:48 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
A - Very deep brown color with a tan head.
S - Roasted malt and sweetness in the nose.
T - Roasted flavor with a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.
M - Full bodied and creamy.
D - Goes down smooth. I had no trouble finishing the bomber.
I am typically not a fan of brown ales but this one was delicious.
01-04-2009 19:43:29 | More by cubsfan2004
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured a nice deep dark black with a light but long lasting tan head.
The smell was very nice with deep mahogany notes along with light smoke and sweet molasses.
The flavor is very intense for a beer of this strength, a nice mixture of black malts, sweet brown sugar, toffee, smoke, and molasses giving this beer a great depth of flavor.
The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy.
Easily one of the best brown ales I have ever had. Great Beer!
04-27-2011 21:49:38 | More by bashiba
Pullman Brown Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.